Thurston’s Senior Correspondents Bid Farewell
By: Laurynn Abram, Jasmine Anderson, DeKobye’ Bibb, Arlissa Brock, Marlon Cox, Sommer Gibson, Kaylei Kerr, Aaron Mack, Ashley Major, Simbiat Oyedele, Kelvin Salter, and
We spent the last year and for some of us our junior year as journalism students. Writing weekly for the Redford Observer was an amazing experience and each week we anticipated the paper being delivered to school so we could brag about the story we wrote. Working on our yearbook is memorable, but writing for a newspaper that the whole city sees is on a whole different level. We want to say thank you to the Observer for allowing this wonderful opportunity. As we reflect on our four years at Thurston, it is bitter-sweet. We will miss so much, but so look forward to what is to come.
Senior Arlissa Brock will be attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn in the fall.
“As we wind down to the end of the year, it feels good going through all the final events because you’re getting ready to have a new beginning. It’s also scary though because you’re transitioning to the ‘big leagues’, the real world. I think I’m ready to enter this new chapter of my life. I mean you kind of have to be ready. I don’t want to be thrown out to the wolves, I have to survive. So if it’s anything I’ve learned from senior year, it’s that you find out who you are and how much you can handle,” said Brock.
Senior Ashley Major has been a journalism student for two years.
“The final days of high school are counting down and it will be the last time the Class of 2016 will be together in the same hallways and classrooms. It will finally hit me that I am officially done with high school when I walk across the stage, grab my diploma and walk away from Thurston High School as a graduate of 2016. I am excited to start this new chapter of my life. I am attending the University of Toledo in the fall of 2016. I am overwhelmed that I have done so well in school and I am the first person in my family to go away to college out of state. I will be sad to leave high school and start my new chapter in my life, but life goes on and things get better,” said Major.
Senior Kelvin Salter was the Editor in Chief of journalism class and is headed to Western Michigan University.
“What many students fail to realize, however, is that completing your senior year isn’t the end of the journey – it’s just the beginning. Reflecting on this year is bittersweet, back in February, going with my mom and god-mother to take senior pictures, to taking senior pictures with my friends, jumping all the way to May to my Prom send off and being crowned Prom King; It’s all one big fond memory that’ll forever go down in history,” said Salter.
Senior Marlon Cox is ready for what the future holds.
“Senior year was actually the best year out of the four years of high school. Prom was the best day because we could hang out with friends and see all of our family together at the prom send off,” said Cox.
Another two year veteran of journalism, Kaylei Kerr, will miss Thurston.
“This has been one heck of a year and I couldn’t have spent it with better people. It is kind of heart breaking going through all of the lasts: my last band camp, my last total soccer, my last football game, my last marching band at Ford Field, my last competitions, my last time on stage for nationals, my last recital, my last night at the studio, my last banquet, my last time in high school. I’m kind of nervous to be honest, but really excited to start a new chapter,” said Kerr.
Senior Aaron Mack wants to thank his parents at this milestone.
“Mom, Thank you for encouraging me and pressuring me to do good in school. I am very grateful to have you in my life because you are the best mother ever. Dad, Thanks for being my mentor and telling me what’s right from wrong. I love you and you are what I am going to strive to be like,” said Mack.
Co-editor Simbiat Oyedele and two year journalism vet will attend Central Michigan University.
Always a good student, she was surprised that “senior year was the fastest and most stressful year for me. I wasn’t really prepared to grow up so fast and wish I had more time to live my life as a kid.”
Laurynn Abram, journalism class comedian, said leaving Thurston is bittersweet.
“I’ve waited for this moment since I got here. Now that it has come, I’ve come to realize that I’ll miss everything about this school: All of my friends, LINK, Yearbook, and so much more. I leave for Toledo University on August 15 and I feel the same about going to college as I felt about coming to high school, kind of afraid, but at the same time, I’m ready to go and experience new things,” said Abram.
Jasmine Anderson is also nervous about college.
“The thought of walking out of here June 2, is a great feeling and an accomplishment I know my grandpa would be proud of,” said Anderson.
Two year journalist and Eastern Michigan University bound DeKobye Bibb said, “My senior year has been a life changing experience. I’ve grown into a contributing member of society. It’s been hard but I’ve been properly prepared for the moments that are yet to happen thanks to my support team and past experiences. I’m thankful for these opportunities and eager to start my life as an adult.”
Meanwhile Sommer Gibson who will be going to Oakland University said, “Well here we are the end of the road. I survived, I made it to the last day. I honestly can’t even tell you what these past years have felt like. What once felt like it would take forever to come is now here. I guess it’s true what they say time flies when you aren’t looking and speeds up when you realized you missed it all. Well it’s been real and I thank you for all the time you have given me.”
Last but not least is Tovias Washington. “Above all, I have my family and wonderful friends to thank. This is not goodbye, just a see you later Thurston.”